Egg drop projects are assigned at many grade levels. The lessons intended within these projects depend on the age group. Raw eggs are dropped from a predetermined height, and those who break their eggs fail the project. Constructing the best egg drop containers involves tight construction and critical thinking.
Surround the egg with air-filled cereal to cushion and accept the impact for the egg. Fill a small zip top bag with rice puff cereal and place the egg in the center of the cereal. Seal the bag and then fill the bottom of a larger zip top bag with cereal. Place the egg bag in the large bag, then pad the large bag with smaller cereal-filled zip top bags, keeping the egg bag in the center.
Panty Hose or Socks
Stretch panty hose or a sock over the top of a shoe box for an egg drop project. Place the egg inside the hose or sock, then twist the egg tight, taping the hosiery on each end of the egg. Tape or glue a rock to the bottom of the box, stretch the hosiery over the opening, then tape the top on the box. This container is weighted so it will only fall in a certain direction. The impact is absorbed by the rock and the cardboard.
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Consider how the post office ships fragile items and use this example to build an egg container. Use foam pieces, such as Styrofoam cups or packing peanuts. Fill a box with the foam and place the egg in the center. Once the box is taped securely, the egg will be protected against bumps and falls. Test the contraption a few times before submitting the final project to make sure enough foam was used to protect the egg.
Cardboard will absorb the shock of a fall when used in quantity. Line the egg with cardboard on each side, shaping the cardboard around the egg. Place layers of cardboard around the egg until the egg is completely encased with many layers. Test the contraption and add layers as needed until the egg can be safely dropped without breaking.